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Higher ed partnership taps offsite solar energy

The George Washington University and American University working toward carbon neutrality

A 20-year agreement to bring solar power from North Carolina to D.C. could become a model for how large urban organizations can meet energy needs by tapping offsite solar energy.

The partnership, involving The George Washington University, American University and The George Washington University Hospital, is the latest step the two universities are taking toward carbon neutrality, which both have pledged to reach.

UC Davis harnesses power of waste

Biodigester was developed with technology created by one of university's professors

Food, yard and animal waste at University of California, Davis is being converted into energy by a biodigester that’s the largest of its kind on a college campus.

The $8.5 million facility, unveiled on Earth Day, will provide an annual 5.6 million kilowatt hours to the campus. That’s enough to power 800 California homes, says Sid England, assistant vice chancellor of environmental stewardship and sustainability.

Seed library sprouts at Hampshire College library

Students can check out packets of fruit and vegetable seeds

In western Massachusetts, Hampshire College students are “checking out” packets of fruit and vegetable seeds from the library to grow in pots on their patios and in community gardens. They will harvest new seeds from their plants to replenish the library’s collection.

Smart design colleges: The evolution of sustainable design

Eco-friendly design practices are fast becoming the gold standard for best practice in design education

Today’s up-and-coming millennials are taking different learning style and lifestyle trajectories than our country’s one-career, suburban dwelling baby boomers. Young 20- and 30-somethings have flocked to metropolitan centers seeking upscale amenities, edgy culture and a more sustainable way of living and learning. They are attracted by underground music venues, microbreweries, artist galleries utilizing nontoxic materials, and Wi-Fi cafes that serve free trade coffee.

What’s the best formula for a sustainable campus?

How to make a year-round commitment to sustainability

Colleges and universities nationwide marked the 10th annual Campus Sustainability Day in October with events and discussions that reflect on the success of the sustainability movement in higher education.

UConn ranks first on Sierra Club's greenest campuses list

Green campuses matter because students are likely to continue environmental lifestyle after graduation, Sierra Club says

Some 600 sustainability-related classes and a 15 percent reduction in water use over the past several years pushed the University of Connecticut to the top of the Sierra Club’s 2013 list of greenest campuses.

UConn also has cut 2,640 tons of carbon dioxide emissions within the last two years by retrofitting 13 buildings. And a quarter of the food served in its trayless dining halls is processed within 100 miles of campus, with some ingredients grown at the university, according the rankings.

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UConn tops Sierra Club's 'green' college list

Energy-efficient light bulbs, classes on sustainability and honey from the on-campus apiary helped propel the University of Connecticut to the top of Sierra magazine's annual green schools list.

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